Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1, Night Huntress Universe #1) by Jeaniene Frost
Published by Avon on October 30, 2007
Genres: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback (358 pages)
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Flirting With The Grave…
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.
In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side … and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.
Proceed With Caution:
This book contains blood, death, violence, and discussions of rape.
Halfway to the Grave is narrated by twenty-two-year-old Catherine Crawford. Cat is a half-vampire vampire hunter on a mission. She goes out on the weekends to kill any vampire she happens to stumble upon, all in the name of revenge. She’s the result of a horrific union between her mother and an evil vampire, so Cat’s one goal is to rid the world of vampires in her mother’s name. That is, until she meets Bones, a vampire bounty hunter. They have the same goal, kill vampires, but for very different reasons. Bones also challenges Cat’s belief that all vampires are evil and should be gone from the world.
It took me approximately forever to finally start this series, and now I’ve read Halfway to the Grave three times. Well, I’ve read it once and listened to the audiobook twice. The narrator isn’t my favorite (I don’t like her voice for Bones), but it’s still a fun listen.
Bones, Bones, Bones. Wow, what can I say about Bones? I thought his awesomeness was being exaggerated, but no, he is amazing. He can kick some serious ass and he’s sexy as hell. The English-Australian combo accent doesn’t hurt either (except in the audiobook, where he sounds like Mrs. Weasley)! He says and does things that will you set you on fire! The sexual tension between him and Cat is electrifying, and when they do come together…Holy crap! Those scenes are seriously hot! I can’t get enough of those two!
The plot is great, too! It’s fast paced and action packed. Evil vampires have teamed up with evil humans and are up to no good. Cat and Bones work day and night trying to hunt down who exactly is behind the kidnapping of dozens of young women in the area. There’s lots of bumps along the away, plenty of stakes and silver throwing stars, and of course some breaks for super steamy romance. And even though vampires have been done to death (pardon the pun), I really liked the biology and social structure that the author has created for them in this one.
Halfway to the Grave is everything that Urban Fantasy should be: fast paced, funny, sexy, and exciting. I could barely put it down! That ending though, heartbreaking! You’ll need to get your hands on the next book ASAP.